CMC expands medical assistant program |

CMC expands medical assistant program

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Colorado Mountain College has announced a new Medical Assistant Program through the college.

Classes for the new program will begin in January, offering students the choice of completing a 45-credit-hour certification program or earning a two-year associate degree. Either path can help graduates gain the credentials they need to launch a career in the growing health care industry.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the medical assistant field to be among the fastest growing occupations of the decade. An annual economic forecast from the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business, released earlier this month, stated health care employment is the brightest spot in an otherwise bleak employment outlook. The study predicts an increase of 6,200 health care jobs in Colorado in 2009. The Labor Department predicts a 35 percent increase in need for medical assistants in Colorado by 2016.

In 2006, CMC’s institutional research department revealed an urgent shortage of certified medical assistants on Colorado’s Western Slope. And now, in light of the current economic downturn and rising unemployment rates, CMC has developed this program for those who are looking for another career or looking to advance if already in the medical field.

Along with the new program, CMC has designed a new “hybrid” class schedule to meet the needs of working students.

“Combining distance learning with limited in-class instruction, students can pursue certification or a degree as a medical assistant without giving up their current employment,” said Mike Trujillo, CMC’s emergency medical services director.

Courses offered range from anatomy, physiology and medical terminology to transcription, record keeping and insurance processing. Some courses are available online, others are offered at one of the college’s seven campuses, and some are available in hybrid form. To search online for the location of any class go to

For more information about the Medical Assistant Program, including how to apply, contact Deb Cutter, CMC enrollment services specialist in Glenwood Springs, at 947-8385 or

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